Monday, March 27, 2017

Kite Flying with the WLC

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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Where Zena Road meets Route 212 just outside the town of Woodstock, there’s a magnificent 22-acre open field with a sweeping view of Overlook Mountain. It's had some lives: agriculture, a drill field for militia in the War of 1812, and corn production for so long, it became known simply as The Cornfield. When it was listed for sale around 1989, it took the newly formed Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC) just eight weeks to raise the more than the $160,000 needed to purchase it.

In 1987-88, a small group of Woodstockers formed the WLC in response to the inadequacy of local zoning laws to protect land under pressure from development. 550 people pledged anywhere from $99-$3000 each to the WLC, and rescued The Cornfield from the threat of suburban sprawl. Only the second property acquired at the time, its purchase put the WLC on the map and remains a signature asset for an organization that, in the past 25 years, has protected (both through acquisitions and easements) more than 1,000 acres of Woodstock. With mitigation to undo the harm done to the land from years of pesticide use, Zena Cornfield is now a healthy public preserve. And on Saturday, April 1st, it’s the ideal spot to bring the kids and fly a kite.

No joke–April is National Kite Month, according to two organizations dedicated to flying. They mark the first month of spring as the perfect symbol for the hope, potential, and joy inherent to kite flying. People will gather at Zena Cornfield around 10a to catch a breeze, and there’s a spring flower planting activity for kids planned. Native flower seeds, recyclable containers, potting soil, and some kites will be provided. It’s part of the First Saturdays on the Trail event series, which encourages visitors to explore WLC preserves with nature-themed happenings every month. As they write on their website, “We believe that it is the places we love most that bring us together as a community.”

Kite Flying with the Woodstock Land Conservancy at Zena Cornfield: Zena Road near Route 212; parking is available across the street from where Gitnick Road veers off from Zena Road (the same parking spot for Little Deep and Zach’s Waterfall); Saturday, April 1st, 10a-12p (Zena Cornfield is open dawn to dusk); free! Bring a kite, if you have one. There are no bathroom facilities and the park is carry in, carry out. Weather-related updates will be posted on their Facebook page.

Check out the WLC’s Thorn Preserve, which is just down Zena Road on John Joy Road. And don’t miss the WLC’s Vernal Fling fundraiser on May 27th!
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Tickets on sale for Spiegeltent 2017

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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For the fourth year in a row, Tony-nominated performer, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond is set to host the return of Spiegeltent to the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, opening June 30 through August 19. Tickets are now available for this collection of cabaret, late night performers, and some of New York’s finest DJs. In terms of cabaret, some of the shows include: John Waters: This Filthy World, Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely, and Suzan-Lori Parks’ Sula and the Noise. Performers out of the Jazz Factory in Catskill will start with 1920s:Birth of the Big Band with Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks on July 13 and end with 1960s: Songs of Protest and Reconciliation with the Vuyo Sotashe Ensemble on August 10. In addition there will be five additional special events with a mix of stories, songs, swing, and more.

Some of the performances may contain nudity, and are for mature audiences only. Cabaret submission is restricted to those over 18 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. No one under 21 is permitted during After Hours.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Beacon Singer's Music Benefits Autism Awareness

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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  • Vievannessa

When I have the space to do it, it feels good to give a shout-out to a good cause here at the Daily Dose. This is one of those times: Beacon singer-songwriter Vievannessa recently released ECHO, a three-song digital EP whose sales will benefit autism advocacy efforts in the region.

“‘Beautiful Things’ was the title song of my EP that I released many years ago,” says Vievannessa about one of the tracks on offer. “It was inspired by the birth of my first son and the events of 9/11. Fifty percent of the proceeds from downloads of this and all my music will go to the Autism Society of the Hudson Valley. I feel the song is just as relevant today as it was almost 16 years ago, because of the current social and political climate.”

And here it is:

Vievannessa’s ECHO and other music is available for streaming and purchase at https://vievanessa.hearnow.com/.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Giacomo Gates Swings into Kingston on Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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  • Giacomo Gates

Jazzstock promoters/musicians Teri Roiger and John Menegon's Jazz at the Senate Garage series continues this Thursday with an appearance by Giacomo Gates with the Don Miller Trio.

Gates is a cool-school classic jazz singer who’s renowned for his smoky timbre, aerobatic scatting, and instrument-imitating vocalese. A jazz educator in Connecticut, he studied with the great Sarah Vaughn and has released seven albums as a leader, the latest being 2015’s Everything is Cool. Kerhonkson bassist Miller has spent much of the last four decades performing, recording, and touring with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Ramsey Lewis, George Benson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, Clark Terry, Nat Adderly, Larry Coryell, Mark Murphy, Freddy Cole, Slide Hampton, Frank Foster, David Amram, Dakota Staton, and literally too many others to list.

Here, Gates swings “Lady Be Good” live in 2013:

Giacomo Gates and the Don Miller Trio will perform at the Senate Garage in Kigston, New York, this Thursday at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15. Jazzstock shows take place at the venue every other Thursday of the month. For more information, call (914) 388-7357 or visit http://www.jazzstock.com/index/.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Moonlights Sunday Brunch

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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  • Dean Jones and Rachel Loshak of The Moonlights

There’s a symphony for dogs that the songwriter can’t hear, but that cats, mice, porpoises, bats, ferrets, and rats can. It’s goes high as the singers alternate in reaching the next higher note until you can’t help but smile or giggle. Many of the songs on The Moonlights debut album are fun and quirky like that. They're also a feat of gorgeous harmonies and beautiful lyrics about the natural world, some as soothing lullabyes. The Moonlights are making the rounds at a series of live performances, including two of the upcoming Sunday Brunch at the Falcon in Marlboro, where families can enjoy the complete experience–fine food, world-class music, and an unforgettable natural setting.

The idea to join the distinctive yet complimentary forces of Dean Jones and Rachel Loshak was inspired one winter night in 2016. Jones has been creating original children’s music for many years as a solo artist and with the band, Dog on Fleas. He’s also produced multiple Grammy Nominated albums in the Best Children’s category for artists like Frances England, Elizabeth Mitchell, Gustafer Yellowgold, and The Okee Dokee Brothers. Loshak is a singer/songwriter, performing original music for twenty years, and collaborating on projects with Norah Jones, Moby, Natalie Merchant, Chris Ballew, and others. She’s also worked with her partner, Morgan Taylor, to manage the Gustafer Yellowgold project through their label, Apple-Eye Productions. Together, Jones and Loshak have created a rich collection of striking and whimsical songs for the whole family.

The Falcon scene includes live music of all genres, gorgeous outdoor spaces, and New York-sourced food crafted by Chef James Cundiff. Situated above the Marlboro Falls, there’s a balcony for families who need a break or a bit of a romp in the fresh air. The Sunday Brunch features classics like French toast, eggs benedict, and tofu scramble, as well as lunch options like burgers and salads. The bar specializes in small-batch New York beers, ales, wines, and spirits, and the Sunday Brunch menu offers coffee and cocktails.

The Moonlights Live at the Falcon, 197 Old Post Road in Marlboro: Sunday Brunch at the Falcon on March 26th and April 23rd; both shows are from 10a-2p; music is suggested donation and all funds go directly to the main act; brunch menu available; reserve your table online; buy The Moonlights album at the show or online.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ultraam Unveils New Sounds Online

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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Last week, everyone’s Hudson Valley space-improv band, Ultraam, unveiled The A EP, the first of four digital-only EPs the group is releasing as the lead-up to next month’s drop of their full-length debut, The Pastures of Ultraam.

The instrumental outfit has been blowing minds since 2014 and features Mercury Rev’s Jeff Mercel and Grasshopper and their fellow veteran local players Matthew Cullen, Chris Turco, D. James Goodwin, Marc Ferraro, and Eli Walker. If you haven’t stepped inside the space oven at one of their too-infrequent area gigs, well, then, my friend, I’m afraid you’re nothing but a sad, ground-tethered Earth mortal.

Here’s the link to download The A EP, as well as the band’s forthcoming and earlier releases via Bandcamp:

https://ultraam.bandcamp.com/album/the-a-ep

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gilded Grower: Local Craft Brewery Tournament

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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Pennings Farm Market in Warwick is kicking off a new seven-week, bracket-style tournament for eight Orange County breweries to be held at their brewpub. Every Friday night starting on March 24 and ending on May 5, two breweries will go head to head, with locals tasting and voting for the better beer. The first four weeks will have the breweries competing bracket style with the fifth and sixth weeks being the semi finals and then the seventh week determining which brewery will be the first to win the Gilded Growler trophy.

The event will also have live entertainment from local bands and musicians starting on March 24 with In Living Cover. The rest of the performances are as follows: March 31 has Black Dirt Band Duo, April 7 has Nailed Shutt Acoustic, April 14 has Hudson Valley Bluegrass Express, April 21 has The Choice, April 28 has Wood Hippie, and May 5 is still to be announced.

Participating breweries are matched up as follows:

· March 24: RUSHING DUCK BREWING CO vs. GLENMERE BREWING CO

· March 31: PINE ISLAND BREWING vs. NEWBURGH BREWING CO

· April 7: NEW PALTZ BREWING CO vs. CAPTAIN LAWRENCE BREWING CO

· April 14: KEEGAN ALES vs. WESTTOWN BREW WORKS

· April 21 and April 28: Semi Finals

· May 5: Final Taste Off and The Gilded Growler Trophy Presentation

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Baird Hersey and Prana Cut Protest Track

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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In the current issue of Chronogram, John Burdick reviews Chiaroscuro, the new release by Baird Hersey and Prana with guest percussionists Nexus:

http://www.chronogram.com/hudsonvalley/cd-reviews-baird-hersey-and-prana-with-nexus/Content?oid=2477710.

Hersey, a Woodstocker and a NEA Composition Fellow, formed the harmonic singing group Prana in 2000 and has led the ensemble through four albums thus far. In response to the present and dangerous US political situation, he and the group have stepped out of their usual purely spiritual style to record “Stand Up!,” which Hersey describes as “ a song for resistance.”

“‘Stand Up!’ is meant to motivate, inspire, and uplift those who are resisting the present administration’s use of fear, hate, and division to subvert the Constitution and seize power from every American,” he says. The track features singers Hersey, Amy Fradon, Kirsti Gholson, Timothy Hill, and Bruce Milner and drummer Jerry Marotta.

Hear it hear:

Funds from the song's sales will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It's available for download at CD Baby: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bairdherseyprana3.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Being Your Best When Your Kids Aren’t Theirs

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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Hey! Look up! There’s a parental balcony, from where you can calmly and lovingly watch the family dance. This is Kim John Payne’s offering in his forthcoming book, tentatively titled, Being at Your Best When Your Kids Are at their Worst. In it, Payne explores how parents can stay centered when our kids are not. It’s also the topic of his upcoming lecture at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz on Thursday, March 16th.

For over twenty years, Kim John Payne has been working to help parents take a step back from the new normal of family life: overwhelm. He coined the term Simplicity Parenting with his 2009 #1 Best Seller, and now there's a movement, including life coaching, a new audio series, seminars, and workshops. Payne is on a mission to counter what he calls “the undeclared war on children,” and says many of today’s behavioral problems in children come from TMS – Too Much Stuff.

In advocating that parents simplify their parenting, Payne feels we can realize our own hopes and values, and build deeper connections with our children, fostering family resiliency and joy. The lecture in New Paltz will be a discussion about emotional self-regulation for parents.

Being At Your Best When Your Kids Are At Their Worst: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Emotional Self Regulation with Kim John Payne at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, 16 South Chestnut Street in New Paltz: Thursday, March 16th, 6:30p; $20 admission; call 845-255-0033 or buy tickets on the school’s website by clicking the banner ad.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

New Wellness Oasis: Woodstock Healing Arts

Posted By on Sun, Mar 12, 2017 at 5:19 AM

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Ever since the yoga teachers and energy workers replaced the Me Generation hippies, Woodstock has been a gathering place for healers. So it is fitting that the Most Famous Small Town in America now has a new space dedicated to integrative health and wellness, with a variety of healing modalities and a team-based, cost-conscious approach that is sure to endear itself to locals.

Woodstock Healing Arts caters to wellness seekers with a wide range of health practitioners housed in a beautifully renovated new space in the Bradley Meadows shopping plaza. The menu of services covers some 16 specialties, from craniosacral therapy and nutritional counseling to functional medicine and holistic gynecology.

"We are dedicated to bridging the gap between conventional Western medical care and traditional healing arts like acupuncture and massage therapy," says owner and acupuncturist Ben Fleisher. "Clients get the benefit of a collaborative team of experts, while maintaining the confidentiality and safety of a traditional medical office."

A commitment to providing many free and low-cost educational events and treatment options forms the backbone of the Woodstock Healing Arts philosophy. Community Acupuncture, offered weekly on Wednesdays from 12 to 3pm, makes the traditional Chinese medical practice more accessible and affordable with sliding-scale rates.

The light-filled space itself invites relaxation and healing, whether you're waiting for a treatment or browsing the selection of apothecary products. Woodstock Healing Arts' interior is barely recognizable from its last incarnation as the town's old video store, adjacent to the Bank of America and next door to Sunflower Natural Foods Market. "Come on in and see if you still remember where the dirty movies lived!" jokes Fleisher. Then relax and let the healing begin.

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Upcoming free workshops and events at Woodstock Healing Arts include:

SoulCollage, a blend of art and collage-making with the work of Joseph Campbell and Jungian dream analysis, March 23, 6:30-8:30pm

Mindfulness for IBS, Digestion, and Gut Health, a workshop about easing digestive woes with mindfulness techniques, March 26, 1-3pm

Family Health with Essential Oils, highlighting essential-oil remedies for everything from kids' stomach aches to fevers and coughs, April 8, 2-4pm

Woodstock Healing Arts, 845.393.HEAL (4325)

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